With Mike Milinkovich now ensconced as the director of the Eclipse Foundation, whats next for the foundation?
Well, the foundation has a huge opportunity in front of it in terms of the impact it can have. Its one of those rare conjunctions where its a win for the large suppliers, its a win for the small suppliers, and its a win for the end users. And to take advantage of that opportunity the foundation has to drive collaborative development among the contributors—the tier one companies. And has to organize the rest of the foundation members, the membership at large, to grow the infrastructure. And has to build the Eclipse management organization to facilitate that and make it all work.
So what were you looking for in terms of an executive director? What kind of qualities?
Well, first and foremost would be leadership—someone who can lead the organization and lead its members. Eclipse doesnt have any power. Eclipse doesnt control what individual members do. It operates by inspiration and by leadership.
So first and foremost we needed an executive director who could inspire and attract the members of the consortium who were going to collaboratively develop the parts of Eclipse. These are companies who were natural competitors. Collaborative development is fundamentally hard inside a single, monolithic company. To accomplish it among multiple competitive companies at multiple sites will be extraordinarily challenging. And the fundamental skill you need there is leadership. Thats followed closely by management ability, the ability to orchestrate projects and execute and deliver, and by a set of technical skills that would enable the person to effectively interact with a broad range of participants—some of whom are operating at the appliance level and some who will be fundamental technical contributors.
So those were the top three qualities, I think.